Leaving AIM Early?

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  1. Stormtrooper30

    Stormtrooper30 Member

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    I was looking at the dates of the Service Academy summer programs and have a dilemna. I am going on a mission trip to Peru for 2 weeks from July 10th to July 24th. AIM sessions range from July 5th to July 25th, with none of the sessions lining up cleanly with my packed schedule. Would it be possible for me to go to the first 4 days of the program and then leave for home so I can catch my flight to Peru, or is that generally frowned upon.

    I know it's way to early to be thinking about this (I know AIM is hard to get into, so I'm not getting my hopes up), but I like to be one who plans ahead of time.
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    That would be generally frowned upon.
     
  3. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    You are looking at last year's dates - AIM July 2010 schedule is:

    SESSION 1 - July 4 (Sun arrival/check in) to July 10 (Sat early AM departure)
    SESSION 2 - July 11 to July 17
    SESSION 3 - July 18 to July 24

    AIM graduation takes place Friday afternoon. If you left after graduation on Fri 7/9/10, you would only miss the Friday night camaraderie with your fellow AIMsters and the Saturday morning AIM departure speech.

    :cool:
     
  4. Stormtrooper30

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    Oh cool, so I could actually make it out in time without missing anything too important. Only problem now (besides getting accepted) is to convince my parents to allow me to come. Three weeks away from home is a lot, but if I get into all 3 of the Service Academy summer programs (that I apply to), I'll be away for at least 5 weeks this summer... I can't even imagine where this money is going to come from.
     
  5. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    A job would be good :) I know it's hard to find one, it took me three months to find a job when I got home in August. But babysitting is always good and maybe working at a nursery or greenhouse? They're always hiring for seasonal work. Just an idea :wink:

    But seriously, if you can go I would definitely recommend it. It was an amazing experience and solidified my desire to make the CGA my #1 school.
     
  6. Stormtrooper30

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    Yea. I've got a savings account with some money, but all of it will be spent on the trip to Peru. I don't know how I'm going to afford maybe 3 summer camps at $500+ a pop (nor explain to my baseball coach why I'm missing summer ball). I have a part time job right now, but with baseball and school, I rarely have open slots to work.
     
  7. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    I have a question...

    Which academy are you most attracted to?

    I think that the academy you are most attracted to is the summer seminar you should definitely attend. It will give you a better outlook on what to expect and will show you if the academy is the right fit for you. Maybe try to attend your second choice as well but I would focus on your #1 choice the most. You could always try to do Cadet for a Day visits later on. Just my .02 :smile:
     
  8. Stormtrooper30

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    Hm, that's a hard question. Attending all three was sort of my strategy to choose between them. :p I like the CGA because of its (very) small student body. I like West Point because of the heritage. I like the AFA because of the modern feel (and its in the mountains). It's hard to choose which one I like better.

    Keep in mind, the reasons listed above are NOT why I am thinking about service academies. They are merely the differences (in my mind) in atmosphere.
     

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